Life is better with a dog. Here are 8 excellent reasons why. Just remember a dog is for life (a 12-17 year commitment). They’ll love you forever so please return the favor. And adopt don’t shop – shelters (including kill shelters (pet overpopulation is a reality our world faces)) have dogs of every breed, and are also the unfortunate home of both pure breeds and adorable mutts. Make a difference in a dog’s life, and a much-needed donation at your local shelter, by adopting.(Adoption fees support the other dogs who will continue to live in the shelter.) Ruff.